Films

All-Time Favorites

All The President’s Men (Made me want to be a writer)
American Beauty
Annie Hall (Perhaps the best American movie ever made)
Baby, It’s You (My favorite John Sayles film, and that’s saying something!)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Newman and Redford in American classic)
Casablanca
Diner (Beginning of Barry Levinson’s great career. Best ensemble cast ever put together)
Diva (Best French film ever made!)
Empire of the Sun (Spielberg’s best kept secret!)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Dude, that’s my skull!)
Field of Dreams (If you build it, he will come!)
Five Corners (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins and John Turturro in John Patrick Shanley written gem)
High Fidelity (Hard to pick a better John Cusack film)
Hope & Glory (1987 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture by John Boorman)
Manhattan (Woody’s second best. You’ll fall in love with Mariel Hemingway)
Rocky
She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee’s hysterical first film is still my favorite)
Stripes (Don’t leave…all the plants will die!)
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
The Philadelphia Story (Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. Ahead of its time)
The Player (Have to watch several times to catch all the cameos)
The Right Stuff  (Amazing cast, incredible screenplay and it’s all true!)

Favorite Foreign

Au revoir les enfants (powerful WWII-era story directed by late-great Louie Malle)
Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix directed film starring Beatrice Dalle)
Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani as Rodan’s love interest)
Cinema Paradiso (my favorite Italian film)
Damage (Tremendous performance by Jeremy Irons in Louis Malle film)
Das Boot (WWII from an entirely different perspective!)
Decline of the American Empire (Canadian Big Chill)
Flirting (Best Austrailian coming of age film with young Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor)
Homo Faber — AKA Voyager (Cool Sam Shepard film with Julie Delpy)
Jean de Florette (Great French film. Must be viewed prior to Manon of the Spring)
Kika (Almodovar – ‘nuff said)
Le Femme Nikita (One of the best French action films ever)
Léon — The Professional (Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Luc Besson action thriller)
Manon of the Spring (Part two of Jean de Florette)
Matador (Another great Almodovar film with Antonio Banderas)
The Playboys (Robin Wright and Adian Quinn in this fun Irish film)
The Story of My Mother (Almodovar!)
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (My favorite Almodovar film. Antonio Banderas)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Almodovar! Of course with Antonio Banderas)

Other Films I Love

29th Street
A Beautiful Mind
A Bronx Tale
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
A Room with a View
Alice
Almost Famous
Always (Not the Spielberg film, the Henry Jaglom film!)
Amadeus
An American in Paris
Another Woman
Apocalypse Now
At Close Range
Atlantic City
Avalon
Bad News Bears
Bamboozled
Bananas
Being John Malkovich
Big Chill
Blade Runner
Bob Roberts
Born on the Fourth of July
Boys in the Hood
Braveheart
Brazil
Breakfast Club
Broadway Danny Rose
Brother from Another Planet
Brothers McMullen
Bull Durham
Bullets Over Broadway
Chariots of Fire
Chinatown
City of Hope
Commitments
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Crimes of the Heart
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dances with Wolves
Dead Poets Society
Deconstructing Harry
Deer Hunter
Do The Right Thing
Dogfight
Doors
Drugstore Cowboy
Eating
Eight Men Out
Everyone Says I Love You
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
Fargo
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fisher King
Flamingo Kid
Fool for Love
For Love of the Game
Forrest Gump
Four Weddings and a Funeral
From Here to Eternity
Gandhi
Gas Food Lodging
Glengarry Glen Ross
Good Morning, Vietnam
Goodfellas
Grace of my Heart
Graduate
Grosse Pointe Blank
Hannah and Her Sisters
He Got Game
Heat
Heathers
Hoop Dreams
Hudsucker Proxy
Husbands and Wives
I Shot Andy Warhol
I.Q.
In the Name of the Father
In-Laws
JFK
Jungle Fever
L.A. Confidential
Last Emperor
Liberty Heights
Little Darlings
Lone Star
Lucas
Malcolm X
Matewan
Memento
Mighty Aphrodite
Miller’s Crossing
Mission
Mo’ Better Blues
Mystery Train
Natural
Natural Born Killers
New Year’s Day
Night on Earth
Night Shift
O Brother Where Art Thou
Once Upon a Time in America
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Passion Fish
People vs. Larry Flynt
Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Purple Rose of Cairo
Quiz Show
Radio Days
Raging Bull
Roger & Me
Ruby in Paradise
Say Anything
School Daze
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Secret of Roan Inish
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Shakespeare in Love
Shawshank Redemption
Shine
Silverado
Singles
Sixteen Candles
Sleeper
St. Elmo’s Fire
Stand By Me
State and Main
Sting
Strictly Ballroom
Sweet and Lowdown
Taxi Driver
Tempest
Things Change
Tin Men
To Have and Have Not
Traffic
Usual Suspects
Venice/Venice
When Harry Met Sally
You Can Count on Me

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